Kicking My Fitness Up a Notch

Well, it’s been 3 months since I decided I was going to get my shit together and be healthy. I’ve been making slow and steady changes for years.

The first change was cutting out sodas and anything that had high fructose corn syrup in it. The second change was cutting out as much genetically modified foods as possible. Then I cut out most meats, most of the time. I’m not going to label myself as a vegetarian because on occasion I have fish. And I definitely can’t label myself as a vegan because I have not been able to figure out how to stop it with all the damn cheese on everything. But slowly and very steadily, my eating habits have gotten better. No fast food for the most part. I seldom eat out. I try to cook as much as possible. I haven’t had any alcohol in over a year.

But, even though I was doing all of that, I couldn’t convince myself to work out consistently. Until now. I have worked out almost every day that I was scheduled to. I cannot even begin to tell you how much better I feel.

I am sleeping better. I’m in a better mood. I have more energy. Dare I say, my sex life even seems to have improved. Plus, I’m missing 20 lbs that I’ve been miserably carrying around for the last 10 years or more.

Here’s a list of things that weigh 20 lbs:

Dog crate
Water Cooler
Patio Table
6 person tent

Just to name a few. All that extra weight is now gone. I used to tell myself that I would never be a runner because I was too fat to run. The truth is, running hurts my knees and my back because I have to hold so much weight up. I am finding it easier and easier to trot these days. I still can’t run for extended periods of time without getting out of breath, but I can definitely run longer than I could at the beginning of August and that’s all I want.

In December, I hope that I can run more efficiently and further than I could in November. And so on, until I am at my goal of being able to run a marathon before I turn 46 next October.

I’ve started an accountability group online so that I can help other people gain consistency, but also so I can continue to be consistent.

So this week, I am finishing up an 8 week program while starting a 30 day program. So I’ve got fitness coming and going this week, but it’s OK.

I used to work out 3 hours a day when I taught Zumba and then I’d go home and eat like shit. I always think about how in shape I could have been if I would have taken care of my health in every single aspect: physically, mentally, emotionally, and with food.

But, we can’t go back and change the past. And we can’t predict the future. All we have is today. And today, I’m going to stay on track and do the damn thing!

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